Georgia Tech, UCLA to open 2017-18 hoops season in China

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014, file photo Harvard men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker directs his team during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash. Harvard will be playing Stanford in China on Saturday afternoon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech and UCLA will open the 2017-18 men's basketball season in China.

The announcement was made in the lead-up to Saturday's Pac-12 China Game, in which Stanford takes on Harvard at Shanghai.

New Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner calls the game ''an incredible opportunity for our players and coaches to experience something they'll remember for the rest of their lives from a cultural and educational standpoint.''